Project information

Young Producers' Arts Award Scheme

Our project gives young people an active voice within our charity with regards to youth issues and participation. The outcome is that the theatres become more accessible to those least likely to participate, providing a learning experience that they can relate to and ultimately get pleasure from.

December 2015 - March 2017

Charity information

North Devon Theatres

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  • Need


    We recognise that some sectors of the public need dedicated support to enable them to better use their theatres both as spectators and participants. There are some key population groups that this particularly applies to, including Under 25’s, those living in areas of social deprivation and those with additional learning needs.

    The key idea behind this project is by giving responsibility and ownership to these young people they will become empowered by the transformative effects of the arts.


    We deliver the Arts Award for young people to use their creativity to increase their future life chances. They attend learning sessions, workshops, arts events and – at higher levels – plan and present an event of their own. They complete a work record, often choosing to do this creatively with a journal, photographs, drawings, designs, recordings, songs. The award is accessible to those who struggle with traditional academic learning, as well as highly talented creative individuals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage participants from a range of social backgrounds & a range of physical or learning abilities


    » Visit local community groups and education establishments to attract participants
    » Run creative sessions and workshops which encourage their active involvement
    » Offer and run the arts award at an appropriate level

    We will engage with 10 schools (SEN and Inclusive Education) & 10 youth & community groups, including those in four well-known areas of social deprivation

    Aim 2

    To provide a voice for groups currently under represented in our charity


    » Educate the groups in how our organisation runs
    » Actively seek their ideas and suggestions; implementing them into our policies where appropriate

    Implementing changes to our organisation based upon the opinions and suggestions of our participants

    Aim 3

    To support the creativity and aspirations of the participants


    » Allow each participant a sense of ownership of their own creative project
    » Provide access to our facilities and expertise free of charge
    » Completion of Arts Award (at Gold level this accrues 35 UCAS points)

    100 participants will complete an Arts Award, (achieving UCAS points at Gold Level)

  • Impact


    Our project will improve the future prospects of participants by offering accreditation for their learning for doing creative things they enjoy. They will gain skills and confidence and instigate a habit of attending creative workshops and performances, the health and wellbeing benefits of which are well documented. Our organisation will provide a hub and legacy for this work, in the form of arts shaped by young people, for young people.


    It is possible that young people will sign up and then drop out of the project. We will mitigate this risk by engaging with the schools and centres that already support them, designing a bespoke service to suit their needs. This way we will be best placed to fill any spaces that occur.


    We will provide a monthly enews bulletin with updates about the project for distribution to donors. We will also collate a final report, including statistics, photographs, narrative on successes and challenges of the project and feedback from the young people. We also welcome visits.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,674

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,605 Arts Award Moderation, booklet and certificate costs
      £888 Stationery & Materials Folders, T-shirts and copying etc
      £2,816 Venue Venue costs for workshops
      £1,522 Management Project Management
      £9,021 Staff Arts Award Advisers and sessional staff
      £1,822 Tickets, Marketing and Events For young people's own events

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    North Devon Theatres' Trust £4,964 Guaranteed
    Earned Income - Ticket Sales £1,200 Conditional
    Bridge Trust Barnstaple £500 Guaranteed
    Bridge Trust Barnstaple £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    North Devon is a rural area recognised as one of the most deprived in the UK; earnings are typically 20% below the national average and Department of Health Statistics show that North Devon has a significantly higher incidence of low educational achievement, obesity, diabetes and mental illness than the rest of England.


    100 young people aged 10 to 25 will benefit, learning about the creative industries and using that knowledge as the catalyst for their own creative projects. The project is especially accessible to those who find traditional academic learning challenging, who will gain accredited qualifications in a completely informal setting. At higher levels, the project will challenge more capable participants to run their own events which in turn benefit the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Formed in 1993, we are the most strategically important arts organisation in North Devon. Our two theatres provide a hub for the local community and foremost arts provision for 40 miles. We have run this project on a small scale over the past five years. Our experience in the Arts Award has been praised by Arts Council England, who use our approach as an exemplar of good practice. We wish to make this excellent provision available to a greater number and more diverse range of young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phoebe Mallows

    Phoebe founded this project. She is a qualified Youth Worker (JNC) and has a background in the arts. She will lead it with additional support.

If I had not done the Young Producers I am certain I would not be where I am now. I gained so much... ”

Sarah, Silver Arts Award